The richness of a velvety, just-cooked egg perched atop silky melted mozzarella, tangy sauce and a crisp crust is a luscious treat you can enjoy at any time of day. Any style of egg will work, but if you want to add raw eggs and cook them on the pizza, you must start with a pre-baked crust and place a layer of sauce or other ingredients between the egg and the crust to keep it from getting soggy.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for unbaked pizza dough, and 500 F if you are using pre-baked dough.
Coat a pizza pan or baking sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray, and place the pizza dough on it.
Top the dough with pizza sauce, white sauce, pesto or whatever type of sauce you prefer. You can also opt for no sauce.
Sprinkle grated cheese on top of the sauce. Mozzarella is traditional, but you can use any kind of cheese you prefer from goat cheese to sharp cheddar, or a mixture of buffalo mozzarella, parmesan and pecorino.
Sprinkle topping over the cheese unless you prefer your pizza plain. Toppings can include anything you like, so mix and match ingredients like onions, garlic, olives, green peppers, cooked sausage or bacon.
Season the pizza with premixed Italian seasonings, or your own mixture of herbs like oregano, basil and parsley.
Bake an unbaked crust and its toppings for 10 minutes at 350 F to set the crust and start the cheese melting. Take the pizza out of the oven when the time is up. If you used a pre-baked crust, it is not necessary to start baking the pizza before adding the egg.
Crack a few eggs onto the pizza. Three eggs is about right for a 12-inch round pizza or a rectangular pizza the size of a standard baking sheet. Err on the side of too few eggs because if you prefer your yolks served runny, too many will make it difficult to cut into single portions. Lightly salt and pepper the eggs if you prefer.
If you are using hard-boiled or scrambled eggs, they can be added at the same time as other toppings and do not require any special instructions. Poached eggs can be placed on top of a finished pizza the second it comes out of the oven.
Return your partially-cooked pizza to the oven at 350 F for 10 to 13 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the egg whites are set.
Bake a pizza that started with a pre-baked crust at 500 F for 7 to 9 minutes, or until the toppings are heated through and the eggs are set. Add 2 to 3 minutes if you want the yolks cooked through.
Things You'll Need
Pizza pan or baking sheet
Nonstick cooking spray
Top a pre-baked crust with raw spinach, cooked bacon, a drizzle of Hollandaise, a few parmesan shavings and eggs for a fresh and elegant brunch pizza.
Do not crack an egg directly onto uncooked pizza dough because it will prevent the dough from becoming crisp.